Marianne Williamson is back on the campaign trail, and like many other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates that trail has led her to Orangeburg.
Williamson held a campaign event Tuesday evening at Thee Matriarch Bed & Breakfast, the same location as her first visit to Orangeburg as a candidate. Prior to her event, Williamson held an interview with The T&D.
“A campaign is a conversation with the voters. When I was here before I felt that the conversation went deep. A conversation is both about widening your audience and deepening your conversation,” Williamson stated.
Williamson said depth is something that is missing in American politics.
“It doesn’t go deep enough. We have to have, as a generation of Americans, a deeper conversation about what really ails us because otherwise, we won’t be able to get beyond those things,” Williamson stated.
The author and activist identified the ailments that exist in America, stating that they exist internally and externally.
“Internally, we have swerved from our ethical, moral and spiritual center as people. I believe that our politics, all our politics, is our collective behavior. And it’s not enough to know in your head you’re a good person, you have to act in ways that align with that goodness,” Williamson said.
“I think that’s true of a country, too. We have to look at everything from our tax policies, to our educational policies, to our economic policies, to our environmental policies, to our food policies, and to our foreign policy, and say ‘Is that good?’” Williamson asked.
Williamson said the internal ailments are a result of disconnection.
“We’ve been somehow lured into believing that economic values disconnected from heart and soul, disconnected from morality and ethics, is somehow better economics, and that’s kind of insane because nothing disconnected from the human heart is going to take humanity where humanity needs to go,” she stated.
America’s external problems also stem from economics, according to Williamson.
“Because this economic system disconnected from ethics and morals has led us in a situation in America where 1 percent of our citizens own more wealth than the bottom 90%, leaving 40% of all Americans living with chronic economic anxiety and tension on a daily basis,” she said.
“In the richest country in the world, this need not be,” she added.
Williamson also called for a change in the several policies, including tax policies, educational policies, economic policies and food policies, citing a change in policies could also address America’s ailments.
Williamson also stated that she would address the ailments by making several changes if elected president.
“I want to repeal the 2017 tax cut. It’s a $2 trillion tax cut, and it gave 83 cents of every dollar to the very richest Americans. We want to put back in the middle-class tax cuts. We need to provide a massive infusion of economic hope and opportunity into the life of the average American,” Williamson said.
“That will also include universal health care, it should include the eradication of the student loan debt, it should include making education free at state colleges and universities, it should include dictating and mandating that the U.S. government can negotiate with the pharmaceutical companies on drug prices,” Williamson stated.
Williamson also stated that she would increase taxes for the wealthy.
“We should have a 3-percent tax on billionaires and a 2-percent tax on everyone who has $500 million and more. You do those things, we have some cash on hand and we can start creating more and more of the economic opportunities that will allow the average American to thrive,” Williamson said.
The presidential candidate also visited Denmark and held an event to address the city’s water crisis.
Williamson noted that her intention in visiting Denmark was to not only bring awareness to Denmark but to what she described as a national water crisis.
“It’s been said before that there are many Flint, Michigans, out there,” Williamson said.
Williamson said the national crisis is due to the government on all levels being inactive in addressing the issue.
Like many other Democratic candidates, Williamson feels that it is important that President Trump is not elected to a second term. Williamson said that she would harness love for political purposes, something Trump hasn’t done.
“When you see someone who has harnessed bigotry, racism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, it’s clear what that means. To harness hate for political purposes, to harness fear for political purposes,” she said.
“The point I have made, and continue to make is we will only defeat him at the polls,” Williamson stated.
“If all we’re trying to do is be tough enough to beat Trump, I don’t think we’ll beat him. He is a phenomenon, he’s not just a politician, and I don’t believe inside a politics game will defeat him,” Williamson said.
Williamson said Americans must defeat the phenomenon.
“You can’t defeat dog whistles, you have to drown them out with a very loud, beautiful song,” Williamson said. “That is a song that has to be sung by every citizen who recognizes what an important moment this is, and how all of us must rise up."
“That will beat a phenomenon, and that, and I believe nothing less than that, will defeat him at the polls in 2020,” she said.